Pull over, Tesla. The Chevrolet Bolt wants to pass. At least General Motors hopes that’s the case with its all-electric Bolt concept car debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Bolt, the sibling of the Chevrolet Volt, has a 200-mile range as a pure electric car, according to GM, and it ould be available to the public in 2017.
The Volt is “an extended-range electric,” meaning it also has a backup gas engine. The second-generation 2016 Volt will also be shown at the North American International Auto Show.
According to a report last week in the Wall Street Journal, the Bolt will be priced in the $30,000 to $35,000 range after incentives, including a $7,500 federal tax credit.
General Motors hopes the Bolt will provide strong direct competition for the Tesla 3. It’s the planned, lower-priced Tesla model. But it’s not expected to be available for at least two years.
The current Tesla Model S sedan has a beginning price of about $80,000.
The Bolt electric vehicle is larger than the Volt and shares its hatchback body style. Batteries from LG Chem would give the car a range of 200 miles on a single charge. The powertrain would be derived from the one in the tiny Chevrolet Spark EV sold in California and Oregon.